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Mark Tewdwr-Jones

Mark Tewdwr-Jones
Mark Tewdwr-Jones is Professor of Town Planning and a member of the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University and one of the UK's leading authorities on planning, land use, and urban development.

Among Mark's achievements are aspects of spatial strategic planning thinking, the study and representation of planning on screen, behavioural dimensions to planning theory, and the relationship between planning and other policy fields such as housing.

Born in Wales and educated at University of Wales Cardiff and Birkbeck College London in town planning, politics and film, Mark has worked previously in local government in Devon and at Cardiff, Aberdeen and UCL universities. A regular commentator in the media, he possesses almost 25 years experience of teaching and writing about urban and regional planning.

He is the author or editor of 14 books, including: The European Dimension of British Planning (with R.H. Williams, 2001); The Planning Polity: Planning, Government and the Policy Process (2002); Planning Futures: New Directions for Planning Theory (with P. Allmendinger, 2002); Second Homes (with N. Gallent and A. Mace, 2005); Territory, Identity and Spatial Planning (with P. Allmendinger, 2006); Decent Homes for All (with N. Gallent, 2007); Urban and Regional Planning (with Sir P. Hall, 2011), Urban Reflections: Narratives of Place, Planning and Change (2011); Spatial Planning and Governance (2012); and The Collaborating Planner? Practitioners in the Neo-liberal Age (with B. Clifford, 2013). A further book is currently in print - The Planning Imagination - a tribute to Sir Peter Hall and his contribution to urban and regional planning (with N. Phelps and R. Freestone).

Mark is the recipient of over £1m of research and consultancy grants and has undertaken major research work for government, charities and businesses, he has given over 200 speeches worldwide, and has supervised successfully over 25 PhD students.

He was previously Government Advisor on planning, land use and housing issues to ministers in UK Government, the Welsh Government and Scottish Government, and recently served as a lead expert for the Government Chief Scientist Sir John Beddington’s Foresight project on Land Use Futures. He was also a lead expert on the NHS NICE project on spatial planning and health, served on the ESRC CASE Award Panel and RTPI General Assembly, and is a panel member for DFiD's Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. He currently serves as Vice Chairman and Trustee of the Regional Studies Association and plays an active role in the N8, the partnership of eight northern universities.

Mark is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and holds a passionate interest in inter-disciplinary research. He is Visiting Professor of Geography and Planning at University College Dublin and Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the University of New South Wales, and he has been the recipient of distinguished visiting fellowships at California, Nijmegen, Pretoria, Malta, Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai. In 2009, he was a speaker at the Cheltenham Science Festival, and was curator of city and film sessions at the Open City London Documentary Film Festival in 2011 and 2012.

He is currently looking at research on: data and intelligence needs in cities; planning and place making and assets to growth; and localism. He is the 'People, Place and Communities Theme Champion' at the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal.

Mark Tewdwr-Jones is on the panel of the debate on After the fall? at Decline and Fool: Changing Ideas in the Twenty Teens on 9th November 2013.


Tewdwr-Jones M. From town hall to cinema: Documentary film as planning propaganda in post war Britain. In: Freestone, R., Amati, M, ed. Pictures at an Exhibition: The Development of Modern Planning Culture. Farnham: Ashgate, 2013. In Press.

Lord A, Tewdwr-Jones M. Is planning “under attack”? Chronicling the deregulation of urban and environmental planning in England. European Planning Studies 2013, 21. In Press. Clifford B, Tewdwr-Jones M. The Collaborating Planner? Practitioners in the Neoliberal Age. Bristol: Policy Press, 2013.

Bianconi M, Tewdwr-Jones M. The form and organisation of urban areas: Colin Buchanan and Traffic in Towns 50 years on. Town Planning Review 2013, 84(3), 313-336.

Tewdwr-Jones M, Freestone R, Phelps N, ed. The Planning Imagination: Peter Hall and the Study of Urban and Regional Planning. London: Alexandrine Press/Routledge, 2013. In Press.

Mourato J, Tewdwr-Jones M. Europeanisation of domestic spatial planning: Exposing apparent differences or unspoken convergence?. In: Zonneveld, W., de Vires, J., Janssen-Janssen, L, ed. European Territorial Governance. Delft, Netherlands: Delft University Press, 2012, pp.157-173.

Tewdwr-Jones M. Land of Promise: Planning Reform and the UK's 21st Century Challenges. Town and Country Planning 2012, 81(10).

Tewdwr-Jones M. Spatial Planning and Governance: Understanding UK Planning. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Phelps N, Tewdwr-Jones M. The conscience of the eye: Sir Peter Hall and the study of urban and regional planning. Town and Country Planning 2012, 81(6).

Tewdwr-Jones M. A delicate balance: localism and planning. Town and Country Planning 2011, 80(2). Tewdwr-Jones M. A familiar story? Planning and obstacles to economic growth. Parliamentary Brief 2011, 17(3).

Buchanan C, rmjm consulting, Tewdwr-Jones M. A Review of the Extent to Which the Spatial Planning System Supports the Delivery of the Government’s Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Objectives: Final Report. London: Colin Buchanan and Partners Ltd, 2011.

Tewdwr-Jones M. Cohesion and competitiveness: the evolving context for European territorial development. In: Adams, N., Cotella, G., Nunes, R, ed. Territorial Development, Cohesion and Spatial Planning: Knowledge and Policy Development in an Enlarged EU. London: Routledge, 2011, pp.69-83.

Tewdwr-Jones M. Intimations of past and future in the cinematic city. In: Gandy,M, ed. Urban Constellations. Berlin: Jovis Verlag GmbH, 2011, pp.190-193.

McNeill D, Tewdwr-Jones M. Michael Dear. In: Hubbard,P;Kitchin,R, ed. Key Contemporary Thinkers on Space and Place. London: Sage, 2011, pp.134-140.

Tewdwr-Jones M. So let's see how the locals fight it out over planning. Parliamentary Brief 2011, 17(2).

Tewdwr-Jones M, Rydin Y. The future of governance in London. London Remade 2011.

Hall P, Tewdwr-Jones M. Urban and Regional Planning. London: Routledge, 2010.

Tewdwr-Jones M. Urban Reflections: Narratives of Place, Planning and Change. Bristol: Policy Press, 2011.

Tewdwr-Jones M, Gallent N, Morphet J. An Anatomy of Spatial Planning: Coming to Terms with the Spatial Element in UK Planning. European Planning Studies 2010, 18(2), 239-257.

Newbery D, Echenique M, Goddard J, Heathwaite L, Morris J, Schultz W, Swanwick C, Tewdwr-Jones M. Land Use Futures: Making the Most of the Land in the 21st Century. London: Foresight Government Office for Science, 2010.

Harris J, Tewdwr-Jones M. Valuing ecosystem services in planning. Town and Country Planning 2010, 79(5).

Allmendinger P, Tewdwr-Jones M. Embracing Change and Difference in Planning Reform: New Labour’s Role for Planning in Complex Times. Planning Practice and Research 2009, 24(1), 71-81.

Tewdwr-Jones M. Governing London: The Evolving Institutional and Planning Landscape. In: Imrie,R;Lees,L;Raco,M, ed. Regenerating London: Governance, Sustainability and Community in a Global City. London: Routledge, 2009, pp.58-72.

Phelps NA, Tewdwr-Jones M. If geography is anything, maybe it's planning's alter ego? Reflections on policy relevance in two disciplines concerned with place and space. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 2008, 33(4), 566-84.

Gallent N, Morphet J, Tewdwr-Jones M. Parish plans and the spatial planning approach in England. Town Planning Review 2008, 79(1), 1-29.

Tewdwr-Jones M. The Complexity of Planning Reform: A Search for the Spirit and Purpose of Planning. Town Planning Review 2008, 79(6), 673-688.

Tewdwr-Jones M. The EU Wants Territorial Cohesion: Can spatial planners make it happen?. European Council of Spatial Planners, 2008.

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